Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Review: The Art Thief

The Art Thief: A Novel

Synopsis from Amazon:
Rome: In the small Baroque church of Santa Giuliana, a magnificent Caravaggio altarpiece disappears without a trace in the middle of the night. Paris: In the basement vault of the Malevich Society, curator Geneviéve Delacloche is shocked to discover the disappearance of the Society's greatest treasure, White-on-White by Suprematist painter Kasimir Malevich.
London: At the National Gallery of Modern Art, the museum's latest acquisition is stolen just hours after it was purchased for more than six million pounds.
In The Art Thief, three thefts are simultaneously investigated in three cities, but these apparently isolated crimes have much more in common than anyone imagines. In Rome, the police enlist the help of renowned art investigator Gabriel Coffin when tracking down the stolen masterpiece. In Paris, Geneviéve Delacloche is aided by Police Inspector Jean-Jacques Bizot, who finds a trail of bizarre clues and puzzles that leads him ever deeper into a baffling conspiracy. In London, Inspector Harry Wickenden of Scotland Yard oversees the museum's attempts to ransom back its stolen painting, only to have the masterpiece's recovery deepen the mystery even further.

My review:
I bought this book on sale at a bookstore.  I picked it up because I am really interested in art and museums.  Most of the book felt like it was trying to hard to be "The DaVinci Code."  The story kept switching back and forth between places and story lines, and it was a little hard to follow at times.  I liked how the story lines came together in the end, but it was a little clumsy getting there.  Also, I felt that there were too many things going on at once, which made it difficult for me to remember what was happening in each story line.  The book was well written and not predictable, which I liked.  I like how the author wrapped up all the story lines and tied them together.

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